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Maxymiser Soundbite – iGaming Sector – Getting Ready for Brazil 2014

With the football World Cup in Rio offering a fantastic potential revenue boost, Tim Axon, Head of Gaming, Maxymiser, insists betting companies need to get their mobile Big Event Betting strategies in shape – and fast. Trying out new content and ideas at Cheltenham and the Grand National could be the key to re-engaging customers, increasing average customer value and …

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Is the time ripe for a Judicial Review of the Point of Consumption Tax?

David Clifton, director at Clifton Davies Consultancy Limited and speaker at SBC’s Betting on Football Conference, asks whether the time has arrived for a Judicial Review of the looming remote gambling changes? Now that Royal Assent in respect of the Gambling (Licensing & Advertising) Bill is looming and the 15% point of consumption tax has been confirmed in the Chancellor’s Budget …

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BOF Interview: Bernard Marantelli talks betting innovations & starting up

Ahead of the upcoming Betting on Football Conference on May 8,  SBC caught up with session speaker Bernard Marantelli CEO and founder of Colossus Bets. Colossus Bets is a football pool betting operator offering guaranteed jackpot prizes and consolations for easy to play correct scores and correct outcome predictions. Bernard Marantelli set up Colossus Bets to bring lottery-sized prizes, with interactive fractional cash-in …

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What Triggers Slots Addiction – Dr Simon Dymond Swansea University

Dr Simon Dymond of Swansea University has studied what drives addictive behaviour in slots players. His study breaks down the psychological factors players attribute to near wins on the machines and how their minds react to symbols displayed on the slot reels. Dymond and his team believe that players addictive traits in certain players are triggered by brain reactions/impulses to perceived …

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States’ poker focus too blinkered

SBC affiliate correspondent Marc Pedersen reports from the iGaming North America show at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas. I’ve only been out at the iGaming North America conference for one day, but already I’m getting a good feel for how the market is setting itself with regards to the opening up on online gaming. While there is lots of media …

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Richard Glynn Earns 85% pay hike despite Ladbrokes downturn

Richard Glynn CEO of troubled gambling operator -Ladbrokes PLC,  has been awarded a  staggering 85% total remuneration rise as the firm’s operating profits plunged by a reported 33%.The news comes as a surprise to the gambling and sports betting industry, as Glynn’s position as the head of Ladbrokes operations, has come into question with many industry commentators forecasting the CEO’s …

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Five ways to safeguard your job in a merger

Dr Peter Chadha, Managing Partner of E-gamingexperts.com, and CEO of DrPete Inc – has been an advisor on technology to some of the largest e-gaming companies in the world. Through working closely with board directors and senior management during M&As and IPOs, he has experienced close hand the challenges stakeholders face, and reflects upon what is needed to survive. The …

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SBC Day Out – Star Sports Cheltenham Ladies Day!

Team SBC joined the thousands who flocked to horse racing’s place of worship last week thanks to an invitation to the Cheltenham Festival Ladies Day courtesy of gentlemen bookmakers Star Sports. Headed up by the irrepressible Ben Keith, Star Sports has carved a reputation as a high end bookmaker with pitches at some of the biggest racecourses, including Cheltenham. The …

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Can prediction markets help find a missing plane?

Professor Leighton Vaughan Williams, Director of the Betting Research Unit of the Nottingham Business School at Nottingham Trent University, contemplates whether simply studying probabilities can increase the chance of finding something important. I was once told a story about the value of crowd wisdom in turning up buried treasure. The story was that by asking a host of people, each …

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Clive Hawkswood: Industry can’t do effective self-exclusion alone

SBC News caught up with Remote Gambling Association Chief Executive Clive Hawkswood to ask him a few questions about his organisation’s new ground-breaking agreement with GamCare and Gordon Moody Association for protecting vulnerable people using self-exclusion. SBC: What has been the biggest challenge in setting up a self-exclusion system for remote operators? Clive Hawkswood: For individual remote operators, self-exclusion works …

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